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German Pinscher

Group: Utility (Group 6)
Club: Utility Dog Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 6)
Contact: Mr Arthur Fry
Phone: 9740 8788

Brief History

Even though the German Pinscher may resemble a small Dobermann, it is not.

The German Pinscher is in fact many years older and is descended from early European herding and guardian breeds. It was actually used in the development of the Dobermann and is also thought to have been used in the development of the Rottweiler. Bred in Germany as a guard for coaches, stables, farms and houses, it is also a very successful ratter. Although the German Pinscher is still a rather rare breed, it is now found in many countries around the world and its popularity as a show dog and a willing obedience and agility competitor is on the rise.

Average Life Span

When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.

The average life span is 12 to 14 years.


They are loving companions with an even temperament.

General Breed Description

The German Pinscher is a big dog in a medium body and does not recognise the fact that he is not as big as a Great Dane or Mastiff. A great size for a family companion the German Pinscher is good with other animals. He is also an excellent guard dog, letting you know if anyone is about, but, not barking unnecessarily, he is also large enough to put off any would-be intruders. The colours are red, black and tan, red with a sprinkling of black hairs, blue and tan.

Coat and Care Requirements

The German pinscher has a short, smooth, glossy coat, needing minimal grooming and only the occasional bath.


Height: 43 to 48cms (17 to 19ins).


All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about the breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. The German Pinscher is generally a healthy breed, however health conditions do occur occasionally. These may include Hip Dysplasia (HD), Elbow Dysplasia (ED), von Willebrand's Disease (bleeding disorder) and heart and eye problems.


The German Pinscher is suitable for most people, however he may be a bit boisterous for the very young or older people. He has high exercise requirements and requires training. Daily walks or a run are a must as is a large secure yard with a high fence.

In Conclusion

Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

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